Oregon Football: 5 Reasons Staying with Ducks Is QB Bryan Bennett's Best Move
That was before redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota ended up beating him out in fall camp for the starting position, leaving Bennett as a backup once again.
While we can understand the frustration from Bennett, he certainly made the best decision for his football career by staying in Eugene.
Here are a few reasons why remaining a Duck will pay off in the long run.
Won't Have to Sit out a Year
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This is the most obvious reason why Bennett made the right decision, because who in the world wants to have no shot at playing at all?
Sure, being a backup isn't everybody's dream growing up, but at least he has a shot at seeing the football field this season.
He could have found the perfect school to transfer to, but it is extremely likely that he would not be able to play a single down in the 2012 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Bennett is still in good hands at Oregon and will certainly see the field once again this year because he stayed.
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Let's say Bennett was going to transfer. Where exactly would he go?
I know a majority of the top schools in the country are completely set at the quarterback position, leaving not too many options open for the sophomore.
And if Bennett did end up finding a school that would like him to come on board, there is a great possibility that the school would not be anywhere near the status of the Oregon Ducks.
We are talking about a team that is in the top five of both college football polls, has an offensive guru as a head coach and has appeared in three consecutive BCS bowls.
Simply put, being the backup for the Oregon Ducks puts you in a better position than being the starter for many other programs.
He Will Play Again
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I said in the first slide that Bennett will see the field sometime this year, and I'm sticking to those words.
Marcus Mariota has played extremely well throughout fall camp, and his dual-threat abilities make him a perfect weapon in Chip Kelly's offense.
But he is still a redshirt freshman and has no experience against an actual defense. Every young quarterback goes through growing pains, and even though Oregon plays in the Pac-12 (conference with no defense), Mariota is sure to hit a few rough patches along the way.
Kelly knows he can rely on Bennett, as he played extremely well in mop-up duty last season. His experience will be needed on this team if the Ducks are to make a championship run, and he will have a chance to make plays, even if it does come as being a backup.
Better NFL Prospect
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We have not seen much of Bryan Bennett, other than the 46 passes he threw last season, which looked pretty good, for what it is worth.
Still, this guy did not come out of high school as a 4-star recruit for nothing.
He has terrific size at 6'3", 200 pounds, solid footwork, keeps his eyes downfield and has a good enough arm to get by. While he may not be on many NFL draft boards right now, staying at Oregon at the very least will keep him in the conversation in the next couple of years.
Like I said before, he will have a chance to play again, and playing for a top Division I school gives him a shot at impressing more people than if he were to transfer to (fill in horrible school here).
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Other than the best uniforms in the country, is this not the main reason people are flocking to become Ducks?
As long as Chip Kelly is the head coach, Oregon has a terrific chance of not only winning Pac-12 titles, but will remain in the national championship conversation.
This program has reached a BCS bowl every season under Kelly and has a great chance to return to another in 2012.
Whether you are a backup or not, you are still part of a team that is destined to do great things, which only a handful of programs can say this season.
Things may not look great right now, but the grass is certainly greener in Eugene, and Bennett will find that out as the time passes.